Bioactivity of Ephedra: Integrating Cytotoxicity Assessment with Real-Time Biosensing

Ephedrine-type alkaloids (ETA) are major active ingredients of Ephedra, a traditional Chinese medicinal herb used to treat asthma and nasal congestion. Until recently, large amounts of Ephedra were used in dietary supplements for weight loss and athletic performance enhancement. However, indiscriminate consumption of ETA-containing products has resulted in more than 1,000 reported cases of adverse effects. The objective of this study is to evaluate bioactivity of ETA….

Author: Fukushima, Kazuko

Source: University of Maryland

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